Guide Profile: Alexa Kershaw
Meet cetacean specialist Alexa Kershaw, who has been one of our guides for over 10 years and is one of the leaders of our Orcas & Aurora tour in Iceland.
How long have you been a guide, and how did you get into it?
I began studying cetaceans in 1997 while completing my Masters degree in Ecological Management. In 2002, while working on the Isle of Mull, I began guiding for Discover the World, sharing my knowledge of cetaceans and the marine environment. I have led whale-watching trips for Discover the World in Scotland, Iceland, South Africa and Greenland and spend winters on Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula, leading the incredible Orcas & Aurora tours.
What are your specialist areas?
I have travelled extensively throughout my life working as a researcher, campaigner and consultant on a wide variety of marine mammal research projects. I have combined my research work with guiding for Discover the World, sharing both my knowledge of the marine environment and in-depth knowledge of the places we visit.
Do you have a favourite destination or area to guide holidays in?
I live on the Isle of Mull and love the west coast of Scotland, but after spending many summers and winters guiding in Iceland – it has become my second home. I also love exploring new places and am happiest whenever I am in easy reach of the sea!
Why do you think people should consider going on an escorted holiday?
An escorted holiday gives you a fascinating insight into the wildlife, history, culture and geology of the country you are visiting and allows you to explore places that you might otherwise miss. Local knowledge is invaluable, so you can spend your time enjoying your holiday whilst others look after the logistics!
Describe yourself in three words?
Passionate, caring, positive
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“We have just returned from Iceland and what an amazing time we had not only did we see the Orcas also the aurora. Wow! The experience would not have been as good if it had not been for Alexa she was amazing her passion was infectious.”